In between the live appearances Ritchie returned to Gold Star Studios several times, recording the tracks that would comprise his two albums. After Valens' death, the family stayed out of the public eye, though they did work closely with producers of "La Bamba." In December 1958, Ritchie Valens paid a visit to his alma mater, Pacoima Junior High School, in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. His entire family was there for the experience and met many famous musicians. He was encouraged by his father to take up guitar and trumpet, and he later taught himself the drums. The next meeting of the city council will be via Zoom at 6 ... FAIRMONT — According to information from Faribault and Martin County Human Services, Martin County, as of ... FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County. It did not credit Ritchie Valens or Bob Keane. In 2001, Ritchie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. 9/17/2018 #RitchieValens #BobMorales Valens was on the plane because he won a coin toss. On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as "The Day the Music Died", Valens died in a small-plane crash in Iowa, a tragedy that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. From left, Ritchie Valens siblings, Erma Norton, Mario Ramirez, Connie Lemos and Bob Morales speak at a press conference at the Surf Ballroom on Friday. He recorded numerous hits during his … Connie said the family had never really discussed Ritchie or the accident after it happened. Geni requires JavaScript! His siblings, including one older brother, two younger sisters and a younger brother, were living in California and Nevada. ", At this point, in the autumn of 1958, Valens quit high school to concentrate on his career. Valens has been the subject of several biopic films, including the 1987 film La Bamba. Ritchie Valens, American singer and songwriter and the first Latino rock and roller. His parents were Joseph Steven Valenzuela and Concepcion Reyes. Valens was portrayed by Joseph Thornhill in the 2011 film Lives and Deaths of the Poets. His parents, Joseph Steven Valenzuela (1896-1952) and Concepcion "Concha" Reyes (1915-1987), were from Mexico. Partner of Private WELCOME — Welcome City Council met via Zoom this week. Donna shares her memories of Ritchie Ritchie was my first true love and my first experience losing someone I loved. Ritchie Valens' mom, Connie Valenzuela, passed in 1987. Keane booked appearances at venues all across the United States and performances on television programs. Ritchie Valens was a Mexican American singer and songwriter influential in the Chicano rock movement. Ritchie Valens was an American musician who is best known for being part of the trio of musicians that were involved in ‘The Day that Music Died’ plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.. Ritchie Valens was born in Pacoima, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, on May 13, 1941. She recalled being in the car with her mother when his song “Come On, Let’s Go” came on. Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She said the making of the 1987 movie “La Bamba” brought the family closer and allowed them each to share each other’s pain, because they were not able to do that at the time of Ritchie’s death in 1959. It introduced Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens and co-starred Esai Morales as his older half-brother, Bob Morales. Conditions for the performers on the tour buses were abysmal and the bitterly cold. As his career … One of his first stops was Philadelphia to appear on Dick Clark's American Bandstand television show on October 6, where he sang "Come On, Let's Go." She said he was really like a father figure to her since there was a nine-year age difference. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Connie's life wasn't an easy one: she was employed as a farm … We know that Hollywood does things their way, but I want you to show my son’s life for who he was and not what you want to make him be,’ and they were true to their word. "Come On, Let's Go" has been covered by Los Lobos, the Ramones and "the Paley Brothers" (the Ramones on guitar, bass and drums and The Paley Brothers on vocals), Tommy Steele, the Huntingtons, Girl in a Coma and the McCoys and in Australia by Johnny Rebb and his Rebels on Leedon/Canetoad Records. At his appearances, he often improvised new lyrics and added new riffs to popular songs while he was playing. In November Ritchie traveled to Hawaii and performed alongside Buddy Holly and Paul Anka. Born Richard Steven Valenzuela in a largely Hispanic community north of Los Angeles, California known as the San Fernando Valley, his father was a devotee of flamenco music and blues and instilled his love of music to Ritchie. He is credited with inspiring many other musicians of Mexican heritage, including Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Carlos Santana. Ritchie also inspired Chan Romero, Carlos Santana, Chris Montez, Keith O'Conner Murphy, Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys. Connie Valens, younger sister of rock and roll legend Ritchie Valens visited Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont on Tuesday to discuss her … People here really care about each other.”, “All because a 17-year-old-boy, who was a little overweight, who had acne, and who came from the wrong side of the tracks, had a dream,”, “Our family is blessed to be a part of the Ritchie Valens phenomenon,”, “He was only 17. Impressed by the performance, he invited Ritchie to audition at his home in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, where he had a small recording studio in his basement. Richard Steven Valenzuela was born on 13 May 1941, in Pacoima, California, USA, of Mexican descent. All performers were augmented by Holly's new backup band including Tommy Allsup on guitar, Waylon Jennings on bass and Carl Bunch on drums. The demos primarily consisted of Ritchie singing and playing guitar, but some of them also featured drums. "Donna" was one track (although there are two other preliminary versions of the song, both available on The Lost Tapes), and the other was an instrumental entitled "Ritchie's Blues. In his short eight-month career, he produced a lot of great hits.”, Today's breaking news and more in your inbox. Eventually, a lawsuit was filed by Bob Keane and half of the award went to Valens' mother, although she was not part of the suit. The family would also like to ask Ritchie’s fans to pray and to thank them for their love, encouragement, and support. He wrote 22 of the 33 songs he recorded at 17,”, “‘Donna’ is real. The crash killed all three passengers and pilot Roger Peterson. In the mid-1950s, the family moved to the Los Angeles suburb of Pacoima, where the teen-ager attended high school and began playing in a rock band. Valens grew up in suburban Los Angeles in a family of Mexican-Indian extraction. Ritchie Valens' mother died in 1987. Having grown up in California, Connie shared how she came to live in Iowa. Connie said that last year the family was together in Pacoima, where they grew up, for the dedication of the Ritchie Valens Memorial Highway. I didn’t fit, but I fit here. Robert Quine has cited Valens' guitar playing as an early influence on his style. By the time he was attending junior high school, he brought the instrument to school and would sing and play songs to his friends on the bleachers. In 1990, he got a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Connie did, but then began crying. Bob Keane, the owner and president of small record label Del-Fi Records in Hollywood, was given a tip in May 1958 by San Fernando High student Doug Macchia about a young performer from Pacoima by the name of Richard Valenzuela. At 17, Valens was the youngest to die on the flight. One day, a neighbor came across Ritchie trying to play a guitar that had only two strings. Brought up hearing traditional Mexican mariachi music, flamenco guitar, R&B and jump blues, he expressed an interest in making music of his own by the age of 5. A book came out this year about Ritchie Valens. Later, the main vocalist left the group and Ritchie assumed this position as well. An early stereo recorder (a two-track Ampex 601-2 portable) and a pair of Neumann U-47 condenser microphones comprised the recording equipment. He was encouraged by his father to take up guitar and trumpet, and he later ta… The first songs recorded at Gold Star Studios, at a single studio session one afternoon in July 1958, were "Come On, Let's Go," an original (credited to Valens/Kuhn, Keane's real name), and "Framed," a Leiber and Stoller tune. Ritchie, the 'California Kid' was from a family of poverty stricken fruit pickers and was the first rock star to originate from the West Coast and one of the innovators of 'Latino rock. Ritchie's death left the world in shock. Ritchie Valens (born Richard Steven Valenzuela; May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959) was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. His parents, Joseph Steve and Concepción (Reyes) Valenzuela, were working at a munitions plant at the time of his birth. A rock & roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he died in a plane crash. She mentioned some of Ritchie’s top hits. Ritchie Valens was born Richard Steven Valenzuela on May 13, 1941, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley suburb of Pacioma, California. “He was only 17. Unfortunately, Connie said they owned the house for 30 years but their mother maybe lived there for seven because it was too hard for her to be there. Ritchie is considered the first Latino to successfully cross over into mainstreams rock. That’s what I told myself,” Connie admitted. Early Life And Childhood. Ritchie Valens Family at Annual Rock and Roll hall of fame at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York United States on March 19 2001. He influenced the likes of Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Carlos Santana at a time when there were very few Latinos in American rock and pop music. He also created a similar stainless steel monument to the three musicians near the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In one of the earlier chapters, the gang sit around in the character of Sonny's basement, upset at the death of some of their favorite stars in the plane crash. “I said, ‘I’m sorry but I can’t listen to his music.’ I was still holding onto the hope that maybe he really wasn’t gone. At the age of eleven he started playing guitar and took it … Ritchie Valens was born in Pacoima, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, on May 13, 1941. The day later became known as The Day the Music Died. He re-strung the instrument and taught Ritchie the fingerings of some chords. They did a really good job,” Connie said of the film. A miner from Chile, Luis Ponce came to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush (1848-1849). Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, in Mason City, Iowa, and the country lost one of its most talented singers. in Hollywood, California. Accompanying him were Buddy Holly, Dion and the Belmonts, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Frankie Sardo. We know that Hollywood does things their way, but I want you to show my son’s life for who he was and not what you want to make him be,’ and they were true to their word. The show was split into two acts with Ritchie closing the first act. [citation needed] Valens attended Pacoima Junior High School (now Pacoima Middle School). Similarly, it was Keane who decided to shorten his surname to Valens from Valenzuela in order to broaden his appeal. In 1988, Ken Paquette, a Wisconsin fan of the 1950s era, erected a stainless-steel monument depicting a steel guitar and a set of three records bearing the names of each of the three performers. He was a performer-songwriter. He was only 17,” she said. Midwest weather took its toll on the party. His parents were of Mexican origin and Valens grew up listening to traditional Mexican music. More information is available on the website www.ritchievalens.com and on Amazon.com. Pictured from left to right: Bob Morales, Irma Norton, “Donna” Fox, Mario Ramirez and Connie Valens. As well as the aforementioned demos, two of the tracks laid down in Keane's studio were taken to Gold Star Studios and had additional instruments dubbed over to create full-band recordings. They’re like zombies there. Pressed and released within days of the recording session, the record was a success. He eventually overcame his fear enough to travel by airplane. Maybe some nice Iowan picked him up from the ice and he didn’t remember who he was. Somewhere deep inside my mind, I was waiting for him to come around the corner and ask where I’ve been,”, “What brought me to Iowa was a time for a change,”, “It’s funny; I never fit into California. Valens was the first to capitalize on this formula which would later be adopted by such varied artists as Selena, Caifanes, Café Tacuba, Circo, El Gran Silencio, Aterciopelados, Gustavo Santaolalla and many others in the Latin Alternative scene. Somewhere deep inside my mind, I was waiting for him to come around the corner and ask where I’ve been,” Connie said. We stay in touch with her,” she said of Ritchie’s love interest, for whom he wrote the song. I can’t be somewhere and not make eye contact and smile at people I pass. He wrote 22 of the 33 songs he recorded at 17,” Connie shared, pointing out that at the time it was an unheard of accomplishment for someone that young. [citation needed] When he was sixteen years old, he was invited to join a local band named 'The Silhouettes' as a guitarist. My Head" using a Gretsch 6120 guitar, the same model Eddie Cochran owned. The elder Valenzuela held a number of different jobs—tree surgeon, miner, and horse trainer among them—and int… Lenny Kaye. Maybe some nice Iowan picked him up from the ice and he didn’t remember who he was. On Feb. 3, 1959, also known as “The Day the Music Died,” Valens, Buddy Holly and J.P “The Big Bopper” Richards, died in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. We stay in touch with her,”, “[It] was devastating for mama. Valens' mother Connie, who died in 1987, is buried alongside him. Immediate Family: Son of Marciano Valenzuela and Agripina Valenzuela Husband of Concepcion Valenzuela Father of Ritchie Valens; Private and Private Brother of Lorenzo Valenzuela and Len Valenzuela. Valens' next record, a double A-side, which was the final record to be released in his lifetime, had the song "Donna" (written about a real girlfriend) coupled with "La Bamba. Rock Musician. "La Bamba" would prove to be his most influential recording, not only by becoming a pop chart hit sung entirely in Spanish, but also because of its successful blending of traditional Latin American music with rock. Connie Valens poses with a poster of her brother, Ritchie, at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont on Tuesday. Connie said she loves hearing stories from people who say Ritchie inspired them to start playing an instrument or to start singing. "Boogie With Stu" from Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti album was inspired by Valens' song "Oooh, My Head." ", After several songwriting and demo recording sessions with Keane in his basement studio, Keane decided that Ritchie was ready to enter the studio with a full band backing him. Rock and Roll singer Ritchie Valens poses for a photo during the filming of 'Go Johnny Go' on January 20 1959 in Los Angeles California. But how did Valens end up on this plane? Amongst the musicians were Rene Hall, Carol Kaye, and Earl Palmer. Connie, who was 8 years old at the time of the crash, now lives in Okoboji, Iowa. When he was three years old his parents separated, and young Richard Valenzuela spent the next several years with his father. Also on board were Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. “[It] was devastating for mama. Notable songs include “La Bamba” and “Donna.”. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Valens filmed an appearance in Alan Freed's movie Go Johnny Go! Please enable JavaScript in your browser's settings to use this part of Geni. I can’t be somewhere and not make eye contact and smile at people I pass. Photo taken backstage with Donna and the family of Ritchie Valens. He makes personal appearances from time to time and has enjoyed being included in … Son of Joseph Steven Valenzuela, 'Steve" and Concepcion Valenzuela Ritchie Valens was born Richard Steven Valenzuela on 13 May 1941, in San Francisco Valley, Los Angeles, California, USA, to Joseph Steven Valenzuela and Concepcion Reyes. Several songs, that would later be re-recorded at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood, were first demoed in Keane's studio. While in That memorial was unveiled on July 17, 2003. Originally from Los Angeles, Valens was the second of five children, including brother Bob Morales, younger sisters Connie and Irma, and younger brother Mario Ramirez. Los Lobos performed most of the music in the film. Connie Valens poses with a poster of her brother, Ritchie, at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont on Tuesday. “Our family is blessed to be a part of the Ritchie Valens phenomenon,” Connie said. Ritchie Valens had several hits in his eight-month career. We were able to come from our hiding places where we had hidden our wounds, and talk about it,” Connie said. Her personalized license plate reads ODONNA. She also shared another fun fact about one her brother’s top hits. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted only eight months. Occupation: Laborer: Managed by: Private User Last Updated: August 18, 2018 He had four siblings, most notably his older brother, Bob Morales, who was portrayed as a bike riding enthusiast in the 1987 movie, La Bamba. He used his dreams to end the cycle of poverty for our family. A park in Pacoima was renamed in Ritchie Valens' honor. “‘Donna’ is real. Valens transformed the song into one with a rock rhythm and beat, and it became a hit in 1958, making Valens a pioneer of the Spanish-speaking rock and roll movement. Ritchie Valens Wiki Biography. His parents were Joseph Steven Valenzuela and Concepcion Reyes. “I was waiting for him to walk around the corner. Ritchie Valens is interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California. After the February 2, 1959 performance in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly, Richardson and Valens flew out of the Mason City airport in a small plane that Holly had chartered. Primarily set in 1957-1959, it depicted Valens from age 16 to 17. 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Valens was portrayed by Gilbert Melgar in the final scene of The Buddy Holly Story and also in the film The Day the Music Died (2010). These original demos can be heard on the Del-Fi album Ritchie Valens — The Lost Tapes. When Dion and the Belmonts were performing, the drum seat was taken by either Valens or Buddy Holly. Connie Valens, younger sister of rock and roll legend Ritchie Valens visited Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont on Tuesday to discuss her brother, and how losing him affected her family. Ritchie Valens Biography, Life, Interesting Facts. Half brother of Private and Private. The novelization of the film Grease (1978) by Ron De Christiforo is set around the time of Ritchie Valens' death. 2001. “What brought me to Iowa was a time for a change,” she said. Ritchie Valens was born in 1941 and skyrocketed to stardom at an incredibly young age. Ritchie's real-life sister, Connie Limos, was on-set when the infamous "coin toss" scene was filmed, … Connie talked about what it was like growing up as Ritchie’s sister. After Bunch was hospitalized, Carlo Mastrangelo of the Belmonts took over the drumming duties since he had some drum experience. Valens has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd. “2019 marks 60 years since the day the music died,” she noted. He used his dreams to end the cycle of poverty for our family. "Donna" has been covered by artists as diverse as MxPx, Cliff Richard, the Youngbloods, Clem Snide, Cappadonna, and the Misfits. Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959), known as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. On Feburary 2, 1959, rock and roll legend Richie Valens was killed in a plane crash in Iowa. Valens was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ritchie_Valens. Family of Ritchie Valens acceptance speech 00:02:45 "La Bamba" 00:02:37 Hall of Fame Essay. [6] Valens was not at school that day as he was attending his grandfather's funeral. Learn about Ritchie Valens: her birthday, what she did before fame, her family life, fun trivia facts, popularity rankings, and more. Donna Ludwig (married name Donna Fox), Valens's girlfriend, is today still recognized as "Ritchie's Donna." That’s what I told myself,”, “I was waiting for him to walk around the corner. This is an aspect of his music that is not heard in his commercial studio recordings. Ritchie learned the lyrics phonetically in order to record "La Bamba" in Spanish. “All because a 17-year-old-boy, who was a little overweight, who had acne, and who came from the wrong side of the tracks, had a dream,” Connie said. He was a pioneer and was an inspiration for many after his death. He was a performer-songwriter. Morales, who called Watsonville home, was known globally as Ritchie Valens’ hardened older brother, or La Bamba Bob, as he became known for a … They’re like zombies there. Brought up hearing traditional Mexican mariachi music, flamenco guitar, R&B and jump blues, he expressed an interest in making music of his own by the age of 5. December 27 saw a return to American Bandstand, this time for a performance of "Donna.". While Ritchie was left-handed, he was so eager to learn the guitar that he mastered the traditionally right-handed version of the instrument. Carl Bunch had to be hospitalized with severely frostbitten feet and several others, including Valens and the Big Bopper, caught colds. Valens was just 17 years old. They did a really good job,”, “I said, ‘I’m sorry but I can’t listen to his music.’ I was still holding onto the hope that maybe he really wasn’t gone. The songs "Come on Let's Go" and "Donna" can be heard through the radio in the action-adventure video game Mafia II (2010). Among the family was a young Ritchie, who shared a close and playful bond with his brother Bob, despite the fact that they were born to different … In the next generation of Ritchie Valens’ family, Maria Antonia Lugo – one of the many children of Jose Trinidad Lugo and Maria del Rosario Dominguez – married a foreigner. Valens found himself a last-minute addition on the bill of legendary disc jockey Alan Freed's Christmas Jubilee in New York City, singing with some of those who had greatly influenced his music, including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, the Everly Brothers, Duane Eddy, Eddie Cochran and Jackie Wilson. Ironically, the Valenzuela family spoke only English at home and Ritchie knew very little Spanish. She discussed what it was like the first time she came to Iowa, in 1988, for a Ritchie Valens memorial at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, where Ritchie boarded the plane that crashed. In the film he appears in a diner miming his song "Ooh! She said she cried inside the Surf Ballroom knowing it was the last place Ritchie had been alive. KION: Legendary Bob Morales, brother of music icon Ritchie Valens, passes away. “It’s funny; I never fit into California. In early 1959, Valens was traveling the Midwest on a multi-act rock-and-roll tour dubbed "The Winter Dance Party." “He was a prolific song-writer. In addition to the performances with The Silhouettes, he would play solo at parties and other social events. “Mama told [the director], ‘I’m going to trust you with my son’s story, but I want it to be told like we tell you. You most likely recognize his iconic hit, "La Bamba," which came out in 1958, when Ritchie was only 17.Born in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles in a neighborhood called Pacoima, he was invited to join a … He is considered the first Latino to successfully cross over into mainstream rock. People here really care about each other.”. In his short eight-month career, he produced a lot of great hits.”. At this point he took the name Ritchie because, as Keane said, "There were a bunch of 'Richies' around at that time, and I wanted it to be different." It is located on private farmland, about one quarter mile west of the intersection of 315th Street and Gull Avenue, approximately eight miles north of Clear Lake. After this first audition, Keane signed Ritchie to Del-Fi on May 27, 1958. Though Ritchie has been gone for 60 years now, he has achieved a lot posthumously. A self-taught musician, Valens was an accomplished singer and guitarist. Copyright © Fairmont Sentinel | https://www.fairmontsentinel.com | 64 Downtown Plaza, Fairmont, MN 56031 | 507-235-3303 | Ogden Newspapers | The Nutting Company, “2019 marks 60 years since the day the music died,”, “He was a prolific song-writer. Ritchie was a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known for being one of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll. Valens, however, had a fear of flying brought on by a freak accident at his Pacoima Junior High School when, on January 31, 1957, two airplanes collided over the playground, killing or injuring several of his friends. This tour has taken place at many of the original 1959 venues in the Midwest. About Ritchie Valens: Rock ‘n’ Roll legend, Ritchie Valens made history as rock music’s first Latino star with popular songs such as “La Bamba” and “Donna.” Connie spoke about a time in her 30s when her mother suggested putting on one of Ritchie’s albums. He was only 17,”, “‘La Bamba’ did something special; it brought us back together. During this time, he had several hits, most notably "La Bamba", which was originally a Mexican folk song. In fact, songs still reference "The day the music died" even today, leaving Valens' family to carry on his legacy. His short career ended when he died at age 17 in the 1959 plane crash in which Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper also perished. The event, along with Buddy Holly's death, inspired singer Don McLean's popular 1971 hit "American Pie," and immortalized February 3 as "The Day the Music Died." I didn’t fit, but I fit here. Connie said that what really drove Ritchie was his desire to get a house for his mother and the family. Ritchie's nephew, Ernie Valens, has toured worldwide playing his uncle's songs, including a new version of the "Winter Dance Party" tour with Buddy Holly impersonator John Mueller. Bob has family ties, through his granddaughter, with the band, Los Lonely Boys, and he attends many of their concerts. Keane recommended that he change his name to Ritchie Valens in order to widen his appeal. We were able to come from our hiding places where we had hidden our wounds, and talk about it,”, “Mama told [the director], ‘I’m going to trust you with my son’s story, but I want it to be told like we tell you. Richard Steven Valenzuela was born outside of … FAIRMONT — Martin County Commissioners took care of a variety of items Tuesday. The plane, a three-passenger Beechcraft Bonanza, departed for Fargo, North Dakota and crashed shortly after takeoff in a snow storm. Valens was born Richard Steven Valenzuela in Pacoima, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. “‘La Bamba’ did something special; it brought us back together. Brother of Private and Private Cody John Opheim, 32, has been charged ... BLUE EARTH — The Faribault County Commissioners met in a budget workshop prior to their regular meeting last ... Jason Sorensen Valens was a pioneer of Chicano rock and Latin rock and was an inspiration to many musicians of Latino heritage. There is a surviving color photograph of Ritchie at the drum kit. Keane went to see Valenzuela play a Saturday morning matinée at a movie theater in San Fernando.

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